The Trump campaign is preparing a group of lawyers in case of a contested presidential election in November Fox News reported. The coalition is called “Lawyers for Trump” and is led by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
California Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, former Deputy White House Council Stefan Passantino, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, former Reagan-era Attorney General Ed Meese, and former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani also have prominent roles in the group.
Trump Campaign General Council Matthew Morgan described the purpose of the group. “Democrats are working to shred election integrity measures one state at a time, and there’s no question they’ll continue their shenanigans from now to November and beyond,” he said. “The Trump campaign is fighting to ensure every valid ballot across America counts—once.”
Morgan called for both active and retired attorneys across the country to join the effort. He said these new recruits “will rally support for President Trump as they lend their time and legal expertise to protect the integrity of November’s election.”
The coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation has already caused traditional voting methods to change in many primaries. Absentee balloting and mail-in ballots were substituted for in-person voting in numerous states as fears of contacting COVID-19 led to a shortage of poll volunteers and kept many away from their local voting place.
Concerns about the integrity of mail-in voting are high among Republicans and the President himself. It is the single biggest problem that there is,” Trump said of the potential for fraudulent mail-in ballots. “Everybody wants an honest election. I want an honest election.”
Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is also preparing for the possibility of a contested election. Biden campaign deputy rapid response director Mike Gwin said, “The Biden campaign has made unprecedented investments in a national program that will assure voter access to the polls and provide all protections necessary against interference with the right to vote from any source.”
Even 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has chimed in on the 2020 election. Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances,” Clinton said. ”Because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually, I do believe he will win, if we don’t give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.” Clinton refused to concede the evening of the 2016 election, instead waiting until the next morning when her defeat was clear. The president reacted to Clinton’s comments, saying ““Hillary is a sick person. She should take a nice and easy, relax, go out, vote maybe she should go to the poll instead of sending an unsolicited ballot.”
Democrats and many in the media have attempted to dismiss the possibility of massive fraud due to mail-in voting. The Wall Street Journal noted in April that certain media outlets, including CNN and the New York Times, were claiming that voter fraud was nearly nonexistent. The Journal cited numerous instances of proven voter fraud, including the 1997 Miami mayoral election and 2017 Dallas City Council elections. The Miami election needed to be rerun and the Dallas elections led to legal challenges. A 2005 bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker III concluded, “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.”